Here are some top tips to help you get through the tough parts of pregnancy!
Pregnancy is so amazing!
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Our female bodies are able to create another whole human being during pregnancy, within the span of nine months, which may seem like a long time when youâ€™re pregnant.
Our bodies can house little beings, make them feel safe and warm, from inside us, so close to our hearts.
And the fact that I am fortunate enough to take part in this miracle? Itâ€™s an incredible feeling.
Pregnancy is also so hard.
You’re exhausted, sick and your body is changing every week. You sleep as much as you can and still feel so weak. Pregnancy takes a lot out of you, I get it!
Then the second trimester hits.
You start getting your energy back, but I personally started having leg cramps at night and those suck. A lot. Itâ€™s one of those things they never tell you about pregnancy, because every pregnancy is different and not every woman gets them.
Fortunately, they didnâ€™t happen too often, and if you drink lots of water and stretch often, they happen less.
For a few weeks you have so much energy you try and get as much done as you can, because who knows how long it’s going to last.
At the same time, you try your best to continue resting, to exercise, to eat well, and to start preparing for baby. It all piles up and itâ€™s hard not to get stressed.
Then you start questioning yourself.
You start asking yourself questions like, did I eat enough today? Did I eat the right things? Am I pushing myself too much? Could I be doing more?
Because the things you do donâ€™t start affecting your baby when heâ€™s here. They start affecting your baby when you get pregnant. For me, for us, this baby was the biggest blessing, and I became a mom the moment I realized I was pregnant.
In the third trimester the exhaustion comes back.
You’re always hungry, and baby is getting bigger, making it harder to breath. I remember trying my best to slow down and take it all in, because as much as the difficult parts weren’t fun, the end comes fast.
And then thereâ€™s the physical body changes.
Every womenâ€™s body responds differently to pregnancy. Even every pregnancy will look different for the same woman. It can be easy to feel like your body isnâ€™t your own anymore.
So much happens during the span of 9 months!
So, here are some tips Iâ€™ve learned through my pregnancy experience that might help you mamas as well!
PREPARE FOR LABOR (AND BREASTFEEDING!) WHILE YOU’RE STILL PREGNANT
While you are still pregnant is the best time to prepare yourself for breastfeeding if you plan to do so. I highly recommend this Milkology Ultimate Breastfeeding Class is taught by Stacey Stewart, a certified lactation consultant, and let me tell you, she knows her stuff! She is a breastfeeding guru, and even has classes on Exclusive Pumping, Back To Work Pumping, and increasing your milk supply.
Also, prepare yourself a breastfeeding/pumping station!
In your breastfeeding station set up include:
- Snacks (can’t stress this enough)
- Water (this too)
- Diapers and wipes for middle of the night changes
- Nursing pads
- Nursing pillow
- Pump and/or Hakaa (life changing)
- Burp cloths
- Nipple cream
- Books or magazines
You are also going to want to prepare yourself for labor and delivery. Do some light pregnancy exercises (approved by your doctor) like walking to prepare your body, as well as eating well, staying hydrated, and getting lots of rest.
Prepare your mind using Hypnobabies! It is an awesome resource for expecting mothers to prepare for pregnancy, labor and childbirth, and beyond. They have tracks for how to get better sleep during pregnancy to how to release your fear of childbirth!
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Leg cramps happened practically every morning for me, so I tried so many different things to at least lessen them.
Some things that have worked (sometimes) are drinking insane amounts of water, stretching every chance I get (especially before bed), getting my husband to massage my calves/legs before bed, and putting a pillow between my legs while I sleep.
Pregnancy pillows relieve so much pressure off your lower back and make sleeping so much more comfortable.
When you get them, it also helps to try and straighten your leg and flex your foot up. Iâ€™m not sure why that works, but it goes away faster when I do it.
You can also talk to your doctor about magnesium supplements, or use an awesome Magnesium Cocoa Butter Cream Lotion like this one!
It’s hard to think this way but try and remember that everything you go through is for your baby. Your body is creating a whole human being, of course there are going to be some not so great symptoms! It wonâ€™t last forever (even if it feels that way)!
That sickness youâ€™re feeling, that aching back, those sleepless nightsâ€¦ all bring you closer to seeing your little one.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING YOUR PREGNANCY
Appreciate your body and all its hard work. Maybe this is easier for some women than others, but your body is doing crazy things right now, and it feels like every time you get used to something, your body does something completely different.
But Iâ€™m here to tell you it wonâ€™t last forever! Enjoy the little things, like cute maternity clothes, baby gifts, and especially all his or her little kicks and rolls. I canâ€™t tell you how many mothers have told me thatâ€™s the thing they miss the most.
Exercise when and if you can. Sleep and rest as much as possible. Eat well but treat yourself here and there. Donâ€™t beat yourself up over a few pieces of chocolate here, or a cookie or two there (or even a whole boxâ€¦)!
If you’re looking for some healthy snacks (because who doesn’t love snacking) check out UrthBox Subscription boxes! They deliver delicious and healthy snacks to your door as often as you want!
Pamper yourself and donâ€™t be afraid to ask for what you need. And never forget, no one knows your body like you do.
Despite all the exhaustion, leg cramps, and body changes, I love being pregnant. I know itâ€™s not always like that for women, but Iâ€™m going to miss feeling his jabs in my ribs, seeing my tummy rise and fall with his kicks and pushes.
Itâ€™s an amazing feeling knowing you’re creating a little baby that will one day walk the earth and have their own thoughts and feelings â€“ that you will raise the best you can and give your everything to.
I prayed every day I wouldn’t take the gift of pregnancy for granted.